Don't Be "This" Real Estate Agent- When No Means No . . . Soliciting!

Industry Observer with RETIRED / State License is Inactive Inactive License Oregon



Hi Everybody!

Odd, but I just looked in my "draft" (NO! -- NOT draft beer, even though I am retired) folder, and the first draft in the cue:

"Is Real Estate Blogging Like Riding a Bike?"

Well, let's see,   I'd screen cap  to show you I ain't lyin' . . . but I'm pulling the "retired' card! 

YIKES.  Have I become . . .Too retired to screen cap?  

So soon ?!?!?!

The bike I want to get on, is really the soapbox . . . I'll ride the bike later. 

NO SOLICITING Means . . . 

The No Soliciting sign is hanging right there on the front of the garage, which corners the front entrance leading up the path to my front door.   Included is a very nice, eye catching wind-twirly thing, with a flower, and two bees AND it's a nice colored, baked enamel.   It's over a foot and one-half in length.

I went through a lot to make NO Soliciting seem nice, pleasant and cheerful.

All ignored.

Long story short, a person was leaving my driveway as I was walking back with the dogs (little Miss Molly is still here, over 16 now) and I said to him . . . "I'm sorry public school failed you and you can't read.  Let me help you out, the posted sign says : NO SOLICITING.  

And then I get, "Are you the owner?" and my reply: "Yes" 

Then, he made an abrupt, really odd move.  I'm not making this up, he turned around from the public sidewalk, and in a blink, he was halfway up my driveway, when my words of "HEY . . . you're trespassing" went bellowing from my pie hole.

At that time, I didn't know who he was, why he was making abrupt u-turns and going BACK on to my property, heading up the path to my front door, about 15 ft. away. 

 "You are not an invited guest.  You're trespassing"

again, at the top of my lungs

I think I kinda plot spoiled with the title, but keep in mind . . . I didn't know who that person was at that moment when he was acting all weird.  He left, so I continued to walk to my door and there it was, on the vertical slide in my front door jamb.  His business card and guess what . . . he's a real estate agent! 

He wanted to "circle-back" and GRAB his business card from my front door!  So he trespasses to get his card . . . that he left on my front door  . . . that has a NO SOLICITING sign very clearly posted.


But, good thing . . . I don't have a desk anymore.  I'm retired!

Gosh, it's good to be here on AR. . . .vent, vent, vent.  AND in the photo file there's the meme of Zombies and Solicitors, which means . . . I vented about it before!  GOOD to be blogging.  NEW AGENTS DO NOT BE THAT AGENT. Now for a bike ride.

Hope everyone is having a nice summer.

Retirement is fine.  It suits me. 


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Carla Muss-Jacobs has RETIRED effective May 1, 2018

Representing Buyers in the Portland Metro Real Estate Market | Clackamas Multnomah and Washington Counties | Since 1999

Carla Muss-Jacobs, REALTOR®, ABR, CEBA, ePro
Principal Broker/Owner ~~ INACTIVE

Carla Muss-Jacobs' retirement became effective May 1, 2018

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Comments (15)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED's always nice to see you here... I hope you stop in more often.... and happy to hear retirement works well for you.... I panic when I think about it!!!  maybe at 90....

Aug 10, 2019 04:54 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED

Hey Barbara . . . It has to work, since I can't!

Aug 10, 2019 08:41 AM
Barbara Todaro

I'm sure it's working just fine for you.... and I always wish you the very best, Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED but you already knew that...

Aug 10, 2019 08:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Carla - it's nice to see you here and I hope you can share more of what is happening with your life outside of teaching manners to those who haven't mastered effective reading skills.  

Aug 10, 2019 08:48 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Carla. I am with you 100%. I don't get people who read and can not comprehend......Oh well.      

Aug 10, 2019 09:00 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Well look who's back Miss Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED !!  So good to see you! And for goodness sakes......what a clueless agent!!!  That must have been a bit scary watching him hike back up your driveway going the wrong way....

Hope all is going well with retirement

Aug 10, 2019 03:27 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

OMG, that is hilarious!, Carla I can totally hear you blaring out at him as he keeps coming up your sidewalk! He knows not a zombie-feeding woman, does he?! 

SO happy to see you here! ❤️ 

Aug 10, 2019 03:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Carla- I had to do a double-take when I saw your photo!!! How nice to see you!  I can only shake my head at that agent!  Hope you come back, even if only on occasion!

Aug 10, 2019 04:39 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED ,

So good to see your photo and post! Hope to see you back posting more so we can see what retirement looks like for you!

Aug 10, 2019 06:41 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My pal Carla....

Aug 11, 2019 06:34 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Good to see & hear from you. Yes, there are 'those' agents. I like the 'public school has failed you' remark. 

Aug 12, 2019 05:24 AM
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty, Inc - Fairfax, VA
33 years of providing fully satisfying service!

At best, knocking on doors is a difficult proposition for agents and owners. You just demonstrated door knocking practices at its worst. Thought you handled it quite well!

Aug 12, 2019 12:22 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

One thing for sure...that agent will not make that mistake again.

Aug 12, 2019 05:50 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

You reminded me of the day there was a car with out of state license plates parked on our property, right next to the no tresspassing sign. After my husband asked the woman what she was doing there and she said they were hunting for berries, he asked her how she got a driver's license and made it all the way from wherever it was - somewhere a few states away from here.

When she asked what he meant he said he didn't know you could pass a driver's test when you can't read.

Aug 12, 2019 09:30 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Carla:

So nice to hear from you and with such an important message. Some people are either just clueless, or they choose to ignore what they are being told.


Aug 13, 2019 06:03 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Hey Carla!  Nice to see your blog. I see others already wrote that, but I had to say it!  I was wondering which netherland you slipped off to!  Your post reminds me of the time a solar salesman knocked on my door.  I played along and then reminded him my house (at that time now it's a rental) was built in 2007, had a tiny roof not oriented for solar.  Then I really got him - I specialize in energy efficiency and this neighborhood won't work for you due to the pitch and age of the houses. DUH!  I sent him to another neighborhood of bigger roofs and 25 year old houses - tee hee!  Happy Retirement to you!

Aug 20, 2019 09:44 PM